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Two Britons are believed to be among the crew of a seismic research vessel under effective “ship arrest” today after becoming snarled in a territorial dispute that flared over the weekend between Venezuela and neighbouring Guyana, which dates back over a 100 years to when Guyana was under British control.

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Obituary: The Rev Myles Lovell

A SOLDIER through and through, when Myles Lovell converted to Roman Catholicism in the latter stages of the Second World War, his obvious choice on its conclusion was to enter that most military of orders, the Society of Jesus.

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Race equality head is to retire early

THE CHAIRMAN of the Commission for Racial Equality, Sir Herman Ouseley, is to retire after nearly seven years in the post, it was announced yesterday.

`Interplanetary hitchhikers' drop out of sight in jungles of Columbia

UP TO 60 members of a Colombian doomsday cult went missing in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern Colombia at the weekend, after heading off for an alleged rendezvous with a spaceship.

European Elections: Down in the South American rain forest, a little bit of Europe votes

IF THE European elections seem remote to voters in Britain, spare a thought for the people of Guiana - sandwiched between Brazil and Surinam, yet part of the European Union.

SPORTING DIGEST:CRICKET

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Cricket: Guyana faces boycott by Australians

AUSTRALIA'S CRICKET authorities will not sanction a return to trouble-prone Guyana until they are sure improved security measures have been taken in the wake of further crowd violence in the West Indies.

CRICKET: Hooper's international exit

CARL HOOPER has announced his retirement from international cricket, only three weeks before the start of the World Cup.

Obituaries: Sir George Bishop

GEORGE BISHOP'S career can be seen as falling into three parts. The first, culminating in his appointment as the youngest ever Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, was devoted to government and the Civil Service. The second, culminating in his period as chairman of Booker McConnell, focused on industry, commerce and banking. The third, culminating in his presidency of the Royal Geographical Society, was linked to mountaineering, photography and travel. Of course, the three parts intermingled.
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